On Place Attachment

On average, people move twelve times in their lifetime. Thirty-six million Americans move each year. As humans, we aren’t very attached. We view where we live as temporary so we don’t invest.

We want to get you thinking about a better, more attached way of life. We’ve created a bit of a place attachment quiz to help you assess how attached you are to the place you call home. Count how many times you answer “Yes” to the following statements:

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  1. I feel rooted here and it feels like home.

  2. I like to tell people about where I live.

  3. If something exciting were happening in this community, I would want to be involved somehow.

  4. I don’t want to move anytime soon.

  5. I don’t need to use my GPS to get around.

  6. I feel like there are things to do and look forward to spending my nights and weekends here.

  7. I know and can depend on my neighbors.

  8. If I have an idea, I know the proper channels to take to make it happen.

  9. I know and feel loyal to the local business community here.

  10. I care about the future success of this town.

Placemaking is an investment, and more than just dollars, placemaking requires time, energy, dedication. Knowing how to get around without your GPS shows your dedication to learning your place. Engaging with your local business community shows you’ve invested time here instead of leaving town every weekend. Investing time, dollars, energy and resources are exactly the kinds of things that turn a place from good to great. Vibrancy cannot and will not exist without your participation. We want you to be in the driver's seat.

If you’re not connected to your town, do you know why? Can you recall a place where you have been connected in the past? What was the difference? And how you can implement that here, where you live now? Ask yourself these questions, and ask them often. Consistently gauge your attachment to where you live and make the effort to determine why it may be lacking. This will transform your longing to be where the grass is greener, to feeling deeply rooted in your community and the role it plays in your personal identity.